Hjalmar Peterson Pt. 03
Olle i Skratthult was the stage name of Hjalmar Peterson, a Swedish-American vaudeville artist who achieved great popularity during the 1910s and 1920s.
Tracks 01-24: various artists
Tracks 01-08: Songs from the People Of Värmland
Tracks 09-10: Hjalmar Peterson
Tracks 11-23: Songs from the Swedish Potpourri
Tracks 24-24: Carl Michael Bellman
THE PEOPLE OF VÄRMLAND
Images 01-08: American productions 1907-1931
Images 09-10: Actresses who played the heroine Anna
Tracks 01-08 are from F. A. Dahlgren's musical drama "Värmlänningarna" (The People of Värmland), which Peterson's company frequently performed. As the leading lady, Olga Lindgren - Peterson would sing "I Villande Skogen". Tracks 09-10 are recordings of a medley that Peterson sang with piano accompaniment in 1916 and with orchestral backing in 1917. Tracks 11-23 are cover versions of songs from the medley. Peterson and his band later recorded "I Värmeland En Fager Kvinna Bodde" and "Kalle Pe" in their entirety. Track 24 was sung by members of Peterson's company.
Swedish-American audiences were mainly interested in theatrical productions dealing with Swedish country life such as the popular musical "Värmlänningarna" (The People of Värmland). The libretto for "Värmlänningarna" was written by F. A. Dahlgren. The music was written by Andreas Randel or adapted from traditional sources. This six-act melodrama, written in 1846 and set in the province of Värmland, was a love story about a young couple, Erik and Anna, who with considerable difficulty overcome hostile parents and local convention. Audiences identified closely with the hero and heroine, seeing in the plot the sorts of difficulties familiar in their own lives.
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